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The entire political establishment has been on board with the notion of a "unitary executive" when it comes to matters of war and peace. Basically, unilateral presidential power without congressional declarations of war even needed. Now, when that power is used in a way they don't like - or by a person they don't like - they're losing it. This isn't the system the founders set up under the Constitution.

Path to Liberty: October 21, 2019

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The company has partnered with 400-500 departments - and provides direct access to surveillance footage through a special “Law Enforcement Neighborhood Portal,” an interactive map that allows officers to request footage directly from camera owners. So far, police are requesting permission from owners - but how long will that last?

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: October 17, 2019

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Recently declassified court documents confirmed some of our worst suspicions about NSA spying. The FBI is in on the unconstitutional warrantless surveillance - and in a big way.

Path to Liberty: October 14, 2019

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A lot of people believe that when it comes to the size and scope of government, republicans are "better" or just "less bad" than their democrat counterparts. They talk the talk, about limiting government, and even the Constitution. But the evidence keeps coming in showing that at best, this is just about rhetoric. This time, 30 years of results in the states.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: October 11, 2019

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When the ATF published the final rule banning bump stocks in Dec. 2018, estimates showed there were as many as 500,000 in existence. Now, after a freedom of information act filed by the Washington Times, we have the first details of how many have been turned in to the feds. And it doesn't look good for the government, either. Is this the beginning of a widespread nullification effort? Only time will tell.

When Barack Obama was president, anytime you’d make the constitutional case against feds owning massive amounts of land, liberals would attack you as racist, backwards, neoconfederate - or something. And now it’s coming back to bite them. Last Friday, Donald Trump announced the latest federal plans regarding over 700,000 acres in California. Don't be surprised, they're all wrong.

Path to Liberty: October 7, 2019

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While most people think of just a small group of people as "The Founders," there are many others who were incredibly important and influential. In this episode, learn about one of them, James Iredell. Born October 5, 1751 - Iredell rose to prominence at just 23 years old, was a leading thinker on issues like sovereignty and federalism, and was one of the earliest Supreme Court justices - appointed by George Washington.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: October 4, 2019

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What can we learn from a single email sent by a respected conservative organization that's been around for more than 30 years? Quite a lot, actually.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: September 27, 2019

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The Constitution states “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

It is clear officers can be impeached and removed for major crimes, but what is a “high . . . Misdemeanor?”

Path to Liberty: September 25, 2019

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George Orwell’s Big Brother would drool over the all-encompassing surveillance system quietly under construction in the United States. While you probably won't find many people saying they actually WANT to live in a 1984 world, a lot of people who oppose it are supporting the steps to build it.

Path to Liberty: September 23, 2019

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A Nightmarish Army of Unblinking Spies
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/02/a-nightmarish-army-of-unblinking-spies/

Baltimore plan for spy planes
https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/baltimore-governor-pushes-3-year-plan-to-use-police-surveillance-planes-to-monitor-the-public/

You'd better choose wisely
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/22/surveillance-youd-better-chose-wisely/

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A lot of "experts" want you to believe that under Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution the executive branch rarely - if ever - needs to even consult congress on matters of war or peace, despite the fact that all the founders agreed that the power to declare and wage war would be divided between the legislature and the president.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: September 20, 2019

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The Constitution and War Powers: Not a Presidential Dictatorship
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2018/04/09/the-constitution-and-war-powers-not-a-presidential-dictatorship/

James Madison to Thomas Jefferson April 2, 1798
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/01-17-02-0070

James Wilson Dec 11, 1787 Speech Pennsylvania Ratifying Convention
https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/wilson-collected-works-of-james-wilson-vol-1/simple

Thomas Jefferson first annual message to congress 1801
https://avalon.law.yale.edu/19th_century/jeffmes1.asp

Thomas Jefferson to Congress Dec 6, 1805
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/99-01-02-2779

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist 69
https://avalon.law.yale.edu/18th_century/fed69.asp

In his Farewell Address, George Washington said we should “cultivate peace” to avoid the dangers of massive national debt

Most people think of a big army, navy and airforce as the key elements of “national defense,” but George Washington also included the government’s ability to borrow money. In his farewell address, he called it “a very important source of strength and security.”

Since the government’s ability to borrow is vital to national defense, he also said we should “cherish public credit.”

In simplest terms, the first president believed the government should only borrow when absolutely necessary, or as he put it, by using the public credit “as sparingly as possible.”

And he also gave us a very practical way to preserve credit and avoid excessive debt. Since war is the most expensive thing the government engages in, Washington advised us to avoid “occasions of expense by cultivating peace.”

Today in history - September 18, 1850 - President Millard Fillmore signed the 2nd Fugitive Slave Act into law. In response to what might be one of the worst "laws" in the history of the country, all the northern states resisted and nullified the federal act.

Path to Liberty: September 18, 2019

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Today in History: Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 Signed into Law
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/18/today-in-history-fugitive-slave-act-of-1850-signed-into-law/

Nullification vs the Fugitive Slave Act
https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/03/nullification-vs-the-fugitive-slave-act-good-morning-liberty-03-25-19/

A lot of people think the President can do just about anything. Remember, "I'm the decider?"

But the founders set up a system under the constitution where the executive branch has 10 powers and duties. And the Constitution was amended years later to add an 11th.

James Madison warned us: "Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions agst. danger real or pretended from abroad."

18 years ago today, the terrorist attacks of September 11th. No one should be surprised that power hungry government people have been using this event as an excuse to keep expanding their own power ever since. We were warned this would happen.

Path to Liberty: September 11, 2019

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Madison to Jefferson May 1798
https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Madison/01-17-02-0088

9-11 Solidified the Destruction of our Freedom
https://www.fff.org/2019/09/10/9-11-solidified-the-destruction-of-our-freedom/

Enemy of the People?
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/11/is-the-u-s-government-the-enemy-of-the-people/

John Adams, Fear
http://www.masshist.org/publications/adams-papers/index.php/view/PJA04dg2

John Dickinson, Oppose a Disease
https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/dickinson-empire-and-nation-letters-from-a-farmer

An ancient right, the Founders considered the jury trial to be not just essential for liberty, but possibly the most important check on government power. As Thomas Jefferson put it: “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor ever yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”

John Adams, John Dickinson, Patrick Henry - and many others - agreed.

Path to Liberty: September 9, 2019

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Lysander Spooner, An Essay on the Trial by Jury [1852]
https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/spooner-an-essay-on-the-trial-by-jury-1852

Trial By Jury: A Jewel of Freedom
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/09/09/trial-by-jury-a-jewel-of-freedom/

The Constitutional Right to Trial by Jury
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/03/12/the-constitutional-right-to-trial-by-jury/

“Here’s the short version. Constitutions don’t enforce themselves. And governments will never limit their own power.”

Have you ever heard people say that the "Constitution is a failure" because it hasn't been able to "stop government" from growing or violating rights? If you're like us, you've heard that a lot. And many people cite an important 19th century writer and thinker, Lysander Spooner, in support of this view. But blaming the document for what we face today is really nothing more than a case of unrealistic expectations.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: September 6, 2019

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A Parchment Barrier Needs Enforcement
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2016/06/20/a-parchment-barrier-needs-enforcement/

Parchment Barriers: Not Enough to Stop Tyranny
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2017/04/24/parchment-barriers-not-enough-to-stop-tyranny/

The US federal government spends more on military than the next 7 largest spenders combined. And it spends more than the next 144 countries combined as well. Most of this has nothing to do with national defense either.

Path to Liberty: September 3, 2019

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A lot of people refer to their rights by amendment number. Doing so is not only a constitutional error, it’s dangerous. Thomas Paine basically said getting this wrong or neglecting natural rights is what leads to "corruption in government."

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: August 30, 2019

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You’ve probably seen a lot of articles, videos, posts making the case that one government program or another doesn’t work - and because of that, it should be shut down or stopped. But is that a good approach?

Path to Liberty: August 28, 2019

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Facial recognition is accurate - if you’re a white guy
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/technology/facial-recognition-race-artificial-intelligence.html

Gender and racial bias found in Amazon’s facial recognition technology (again)
https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/25/18197137/amazon-rekognition-facial-recognition-bias-race-gender

Facial recognition software mistook 1 in 5 California lawmakers for criminals, says ACLU
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-12/facial-recognition-software-mistook-1-in-5-california-lawmakers-for-criminals-says-aclu

Overcoming Inertia: Why It’s Time to End the War in Afghanistan
https://www.cato.org/publications/policy-analysis/overcoming-inertia-why-its-time-end-war-afghanistan

‘Red Flag’ Laws Are the Wrong Solution
https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/08/red-flag-laws-are-the-wrong-solution-to-mass-shootings/

Rights Don’t Depend on Statistics

Common sense gun control is a trojan horse for ushering in the complete disarmament of the general population. So, says José Niño, a long-time gun-rights activist and political thinker from Venezuela. He discusses it with Mike Maharrey on this episode of Tenther Talk.

José worked as a gun rights lobbyist in Washington D.C. and believes in a “no compromise” right to keep and bear arms. His experience and as a lobbyist and the fact that he's from Venezuela gives him a unique perspective on the gun control debate. Ultimately, he thinks disarmament is the end-game for the gun control movement  - no matter what they tell you about "common-sense measures."

If you’ve seen the film minority report - or read the Philip K Dick short story it’s based on, you’re familiar with the idea of “precrime.” It’s a dystopian vision of a predictive policing system where government detains people before they commit a given crime.

Is that what the TAPS Act is going to do in Congress? Plus predictive policing with Palantir and LASER in Los Angeles.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: August 23, 2019

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Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) press release
https://babin.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=2376

HR838 full text
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/838/text?format=txt

How Liberty Dies
http://www.campaignforliberty.org/how-liberty-dies

Complete Analysis
https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/the-federal-threat-assessment-prevention-and-safety-taps-act-a-complete-analysis/

LAPD Palantir Predictive Policing
https://theintercept.com/2018/05/11/predictive-policing-surveillance-los-angeles/

The LAPD Has A New Surveillance Formula, Powered By Palantir
https://theappeal.org/the-lapd-has-a-new-surveillance-formula-powered-by-palantir-1e277a95762a/

A growing public debate about the use of facial recognition surveillance in Detroit, New York, and California gives some insight on what to expect everywhere this technology is launched.

Path to Liberty: August 21, 2019

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Detroit Mayor Misleads Public About Facial Recognition as Debate Over Spy-Program Rages
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/08/13/detroit-mayor-misleads-public-about-facial-recognition-as-debate-over-spy-program-rages/

Facial-recognition technology flagged 26 California lawmakers as criminals. This bill to ban the tech is headed to the Senate
https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/tech/facial-recognition-body-cameras-bill-california-trnd/index.html

Is This The Guy?
https://theappeal.org/is-this-the-guy/

‘It's techno-racism’: Detroit is quietly using facial recognition to make arrests
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/16/its-techno-racism-detroit-is-quietly-using-facial-recognition-to-make-arrests

Detroit chief defends facial recognition technology after Tlaib criticism
https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/08/20/detroit-chief-defends-facial-recognition-technology-after-tlaib-criticism/2059414001/

Earlier this year, it was reported that a massive call records program was no longer being used and was probably going to be scrapped. But in yet another flip-fop, the administration is pushing congress for a permanent renewal of the mass surveillance programs started under the Patriot Act and then amended under the USA Freedom Act.

Path to Liberty: August 19, 2019

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Trump Administration Asks Congress to Reauthorize N.S.A.’s Deactivated Call Records Program
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/15/us/politics/trump-nsa-call-records-program.html

Disputed N.S.A. Phone Program Is Shut Down, Aide Says
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/04/us/politics/nsa-phone-records-program-shut-down.html

Trevor Timm on Twitter
https://twitter.com/trevortimm/status/1162375764890869765

NSA reportedly recommends retiring phone surveillance program
https://www.cnet.com/news/nsa-reportedly-recommends-retiring-phone-surveillance-program/

Ending the NSA’s Massive Phone Spying Program Would Be a Good Start — But There’s a Lot More to Do
https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/privacy-and-surveillance/ending-nsas-massive-phone-spying-program-would-be

NSA asks Congress to permanently reauthorize spying program that was so shambolic, the snoops had shut it down
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/08/16/spying_reauthorization_coats/

Full Letter to Congress
https://regmedia.co.uk/2019/08/16/coats-congress-215-spying.pdf

Don't Believe Reports Claiming NSA Surveillance Shut Down
https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/03/dont-believe-reports-claiming-nsa-surveillance-shut-down-good-morning-liberty-03-06-19/

Trump signs bill renewing NSA's internet surveillance program
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-cyber-surveillance/trump-signs-bill-renewing-nsas-internet-surveillance-program-idUSKBN1F82MK

Congress Fails to Rein in Warrantless Surveillance. Again
https://blog.tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/06/congress-fails-to-rein-in-warrantless-surveillance-again/

On August 15, 1971 Richard Nixon closed what was called the “gold window.” Since then, the purchasing power of fiat money has dropped 80% while gold has gone up from $35 then to the $1500 range today. Michael Boldin talks about what happened and how this has helped prop up the largest government in history - with some background starting in 1933.

Path to Liberty, Fast Friday Edition: August 16, 2019

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Today in History: Nixon Slams Shut the “Gold Window”
https://tenthamendmentcenter.com/2019/08/15/today-in-history-nixon-slams-shut-the-gold-window/

How Inflation Destroys Civilization
https://internationalman.com/articles/how-inflation-destroys-civilization/

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